Experience the serenity of a trip across Stow Lake at Golden Gate Park in a row boat, electric boat or pedal boat from the historic Stow Lake Boathouse. Equipped with a fleet of American-made vessels, the Boathouse rents out options that seat one to six passengers (depending on the type of boat chosen). Overall, many people find a Stow Lake boat ride one of their most enchanting park memories.
Boathouse Rental Rates
The Boathouse offers rentals with a reputation for being some of the most “non-tipping, self-bailing, unsinkable” models available.
Stow Lake Boathouse rental rates are as follows:
- Row Boats – $22.00/hour
- Pedal Boats – $27.50/hour
- Electric Boats – $37.50/hour
- 4-6 Passenger Pedal Boats – $37.50/hour
Age Limits for Boaters
There are a few safety rules that boaters must follow when renting from the Boathouse, such as adhering to age restrictions. Visitors aged 14 and under must have a parent or guardian (age 18 or older) accompany them on the water. Boaters aged 15 to 17 years of age may pedal or row unaccompanied on the water when a parent or guardian signs a boat rental agreement form. Boaters ages 18 and over are expected to sign a waiver before being able to pedal or row on their own.
Stow Lake Boathouse Rules and Regulations
When renting from the Stow Lake Boathouse, a maximum of three people are allowed per row boat or four people per regular pedal boat/electric boat. The newest additions to the Boathouse are able to accommodate 4-6 passengers at one time. While boating lessons are not offered, a staff member will illustrate the basics of your vessel before you embark on your adventure.
The prohibited use of alcohol and other substances that can impair judgment is strictly enforced. Boaters must also wear life jackets at all times. Horseplay on the boats is forbidden – no intentionally tipping your boat, standing, switching seats, or bumping into other vessels. Also, you are not allowed to swim in or dive into Stow Lake.
For a more in-depth list of Stow Lake Boathouse rules and regulations, click here.
Even if you don’t get a chance rent a boat on your trip to Golden Gate Park, you can still visit the Boathouse Café, which serves up a menu featuring hot and cold meals that include organic and sustainable food items made with locally sourced ingredients.
Address: 50 Stow Lake Drive
Phone Number: (415) 386-2531
Hours: Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Email: [email protected]